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Animal Farm

So, ah, I still have to write something about the book.
I spent the whole day cleaning and hoping for Mairi to get tired of watching „Two and a half men“. She never gets tired of it, apparently. -.- I’m really annoyed by the sounds of TV series whenever I have to write something. Gonna have to deal with it now so I can finally go to sleep.

Ok, it’s probably of no surprise to anyone, that the most memorable scene from “Animal Farm” was when Snowball was chased away from the farm. Quite obvious, as it was one of the main turning-points of the book.
When I read it, my mouth literally fell open and I gasped for air. I couldn’t comprehend how it was even possible for something like that to happen. It felt impossible to even imagine, what could follow. Snowball had been the main mastermind of all the great plans for the future of the farm. And the book wasn’t even half way through!
Before that incident I was kind of pro Napoleon. Snowball seemed too much of a dictator and wanted to ruin all the great simplicity there was. Of course later I understood why Napoleon had been so quiet and modest with his ideas. His only idea was to steal all of the plans Snowball had come up with.
In a way the mentioned scene resembled to a school shooting incident or something like that. Napoleon being the one who’s always suppressed until the day he bursts out in a rampageous way.

I’m not sure how much sense I made but I’m way too tired to fix anything atm 🙂

The most shocking and surprising moment from the book for me was, when they went to check the rules and discovered that the 7 commandments had been painted over and there was only one sentence stating that ”All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. I think that this was the culmination of the whole book.

First thing that they did after the revolution and which is usually done by all new state’s, when they change power/ruler, they abolish old laws and set new ones. In order the state and community to function, there has to be certain common ground. During the book the content of the 7 commandments was constantly changed, but the last rule stated officially that the equality and friendship between all animals was over and the pigs were now permanently in control. Other animals had lost all their rights and had to obey.

In my opinion the book’s main idea was to show, how the communism actually doesn’t work in the real world, to prove that in the reality some people are smarter, more successful than others and the stronger ones also tend to take advantage of the weaker side. This kind of a perfect world doesn’t exist, because in order to make all people equal, we have to cut down on their other liberties, such as liberty for personal possessions or freedom of speech and information. I don’t think that equality is the main purpose of virtue and it definitely doesn’t stand upon other rights.

I found “Animal Farm“ interesting, although it was easy to read, it was a short read and the main idea was quite obvious for me at the very beginning. I have not lived during the reign of the Soviet Union, but I can still draw parallels between the Soviet era and “Animal Farm“. In the book there were some scenes, that I found not so obvious.

I chose a scene from the chapter 8, about the Battle of the Windmill. I chose it because it was one of the scenes I did not know, what was going to happen next, after the destruction of the windmill. I was wondering whether they will build a new one, or the animals’ empire will collapse. Animals in the farm, except pigs, were devastated, because their two-year project for easily blown up. They had just finished working on the windmill – its walls were twice as thick as before and only the machinery was needed to complete the mill. The lead of the farm thought the loss was nothing, because they will build a new one, or even 6 new windmills. The main thing was, that they had won a battle. But the animals did not feel the same way – they saw those tragic losses of the farm. Humans had taken many lives and most of them who still lived, were wounded. So my thought was, that maybe animals will give up and let humans take over control. The situation seemed hopeless. But comrade Napoleon and his impressive speaker, Squealer, were not so miserable about the losses and made a parade for celebrating their victory. From there on the worship of Napoleon still grew and animals had to carry on with even harder work than before.

Although the working-class of the animals in the farm had suspicions, they were too afraid to do something against the dictatorship. In other words – they were afraid to die.

When I first started reading this book I thought it would be as boring as the last one – only shorter. But it truly surprised me – it was quite funny and actually enjoyable. There were many memorable scenes because almost all of them reflected Estonian history while being the part of Soviet Union. I think this was one big factor what made this book so interesting. In almost every chapter there was at least one scene which made parallels to Estonia.
There was one scene that I remember the most – the one in the very beginning when the Old Major gave his speech.
I find this scene very memorable because Major encouraged the animals to be free and independent. I also liked the part when the animals actually listened him. I think it was because of old Major’s age but everyone found this speech quite amusing.
This speech was all about becoming free from humans. Animals were tired of being forgotten by their master and they wanted to live their own life. This scene was also the start of democratic society. For example, when they voted if rats were comrades or not.
It was also the place where the rules were first mentioned. I also liked the fact that Old Major pointed out – ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL. This is one rule what we have nowadays in our society and we should all listen to this rule. In the end of this scene, they sang a song called “Beasts of England”. I think this was the most perfect end to this scene because after the encourage speech this song suited there very well. This song brought all the animals together and made them more equal.

In my opinion, this book was very well written. I have to thank the author for this humorous and well-written book because I really enjoyed it!

The most memorable scene for me was the changing of the 7 commandments, because those commandments had been the basis of the concept of Animalism and the result of the revolution, so in my opinion violating the rules was the ultimate downfall of the established system.

A system can only exist when it has rules and more importantly, when these rules are accepted by the ones involved. ”Animal Farm” is the perfect example of what happens when rules become messy- even the stupidest animals realized that something was going on, because if anything had to be hushed up, there was clearly a reason for that. The sad thing about it was that although they knew something was happening, they couldn’t do anything about it. Every accusation they tried to make was justified by Squealer, no doubt an excellent speaker.

The reason why I chose the fiasco over the commandments is that it has a strong parallel to the main subject of this book- the history of the Soviet Union. Changing the commandments is another sign that describes the victory of dictatorship (and the collapse of democracy, in the book’s context), because it was intrinsic to the Soviet Union to rewrite history- if we were to take some of our history books from the occupation, they would rather be a great example of the power back then, than a truthful sorce from which to learn. It is also widely known that lots of books were banned, especially the ones that stood up in their views to Moscow’s dictatorship (in the book: Napoleon killing animals) and some were also highlighted using a darker shade, so as to make them impossible to read.

All in all, I believe ”Animal Farm” fulfilled its task- the idea of such a controversial book was to grab attention, and so it did. Even if the entire Western world did not really think ‘things were that bad,’ a message had been sent. In the Eastern Bloc… well, it does not actually require too much of a bright mind- it was banned, of course.

I found many memorable scenes in Animal Farm, yet there is one that caught my eye. Actually there were a few of those scenes, but they are all pretty much the same. (Forgive me if I mess up the order of the scenes.) during Napoleon’s rule, it is discovered that the pigs eat in the kitchen and sleep in beds. Clover remebers that one of the commandments said, that no animal shall sleep in bed. She then discovers that the commandment now says: No animal shall sleep in bed with sheets The pigs assure that they don’t use sheets, and therefore have not broken any rules. The commandment of course said ”No animal shall sleep in a bed.”, but the pigs changed it, making Clover doubt in her own memory. A similar scene happens when Squealer is discovered by the side of the barn one night with a broken ladder, a pot of paint and a brush. Later Muriel discovers that one of the commandments now reads No animal shall drink alcohol to excess, istead of  No animal shall drink alcohol, like she remembered it.

I can’t really put my finger on why those scenes caught my eye. Maybe because the pigs, mainly Napoleon and Squealer, are such greedy little bastards (excuse the language), that they are willing to risk their position and comfort. What if the animals hadn’t blamed their memory, but realized that the pigs had changed the commandments? Of course, Benjamin understood, but he never said anything. But if the animals had know, I think they would’ve risen against the pigs. Then again, maybe not, because they seem to know that it’s better not to mess with Napoleon. But if all the animals would have united, I think they would have won. If they would have survive after being left without a leader, I’m not sure.